The Rev. Jonathan Soyars, curate at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been named visiting assistant professor of New Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. His professorship comes as part of the Louisville Institute's Postdoctoral Fellowship program, which places top recent Ph.D. graduates in theological schools for two years, where they teach and also are mentored by a senior professor and a local pastor.
“Jonathan Soyars has outstanding credentials as a New Testament scholar,” said Louisville Seminary Dean Susan R. Garrett. “Moreover, he is known as a teacher committed to mentoring students of diverse cultures and faith traditions. He brings a depth of experience, wisdom, and character that will enrich our school greatly, and I am delighted that he will be joining us.”
In June 2017 Soyars will complete his Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School and at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He was ordained a priest by the Diocese of Chicago in 2014, and while in graduate school he served as an assistant for congregational life at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and as a transitional deacon in a local Episcopal parish. In Charlotte, he served as transitional deacon, assisting priest, and then interim associate rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, before joining St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in 2015.
Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. since 1990, the Louisville Institute’s mission is to enhance the vitality of American Christianity and encourage the revitalization of religious institutions by bringing together those who study religious life with those who lead faith communities. The Institute advances this work through grants programs that enable academic scholars and religious leaders to study pressing challenges and consultations that foster collaboration among researchers, theological educators and religious leaders.
In addition, the Institute’s Vocation of the Theological Educator initiative seeks to foster a new generation of faculty who are exceptionally well-prepared to teach in seminaries and prepare a new generation of pastors for congregational leadership.
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